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Turkey’s top appeals court upholds jail term for prominent opposition figure

Canan Kaftancioglu, head of the CHP’s Istanbul branch, sentenced to nearly five years and barred from politics for insulting Erdogan and the Turkish government.

Turkey's top appeals court today upheld a jail sentence of more than four years against prominent opposition official Canan Kaftancioglu on charges of insulting the president and the Turkish government. The ruling, which also barred her from politics, has raised further concerns over Turkey’s judicial independence in the leadup to the 2023 elections

Speaking after the ruling, Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu struck a defiant tone in a speech directly addressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

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